Natalie M. Kennedy Ed.D.
Natalie Kennedy is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Natalie dreamed of going to college and traveling. Natalie joined the Navy and her dreams came true. While serving her country she was able to meet a great deal of people from different social economic status, religious beliefs, physical disabilities, and ethnicities. During her 20 years of service of 24 hour duty, sleepless nights, and moving every four years, she began writing and flourished in a deep appreciation for writing stories and poems about tolerance, social justice, life, love, and faith. After her naval career, she obtain a Master in Divinity, Doctorate in Education and became an ordain minister.
Natalie is passionate about helping her community seen in her works as Director of Community Education for Florida AIDS Action; as a case manager for the Florida Health Department educating young women healthy starts for their newborns, and as a case manager for the YWCA Family Village Homeless Shelter teaching financial literacy training, providing individual mentoring, and fostering success and self-esteem. Each job gave Natalie an inspiration to write about the people she met. Her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue and as she listen to people’s stories, their stories gave Natalie an opportunity place their heartfelt words in her first book, self-published in 2011, called Silent Hearts. Silent Hearts is a collection of short stories and poems dedicated to her brother Rodney, who passed away in 2011 with a silent heart because his love for her was never spoken.
Her second book, Like a child, based from some child hood memories, offers a few short child-like stories about dreams, love, fears, hopelessness, frustrations faith, and aspirations. Her third book is the republished works of Silent Hearts, renamed Unleashed Voices. Unleashed Voices offers readers selected poems from Silent Hearts and new poems that unleashes messages of hope and love that will surely bless any reader. When not writing, Natalie enjoys listening to the ocean, walking the beach, listening to traditional rock music, easy listening, bluegrass, folk and jazz, and watching vintage Hollywood classical movies. A resident of Tampa, Florida, Natalie continues to serve her community and helps homeless veterans and their families. Natalie continues to challenge herself in her writings about human experiences, faith, and the business of living.